Keynotes, Panelists Announced for Addressing the Cost of Obesity in America’s Aging Population Event

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 29, 2015) – CQ Roll Call announced today that former Health and Human Services Secretary and Governor Tommy Thompson, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Representative Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) will provide keynote remarks at the event, Addressing the Cost of Obesity in America’s Aging Population, at the Newseum on Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings will moderate the keynote remarks. This event is sponsored by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

“Obesity is a condition society seldom associates with advanced age,” said GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, RPh, MPH. “And yet, the prevalence of obesity among the over-65 population is a serious health problem. With the burgeoning elderly population, the combination of aging plus obesity is expected to lead to sky-high health care costs and threaten the long-term viability of the health system.”

The keynote remarks will be followed by a panel, moderated by Adriel Bettelheim, managing editor for health at CQ Roll Call, and featuring Dr. Don Bradley, MD associate consulting professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University, Alex Brill, founder and CEO of Matrix Global Advisors, and Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness.

“We’re excited to be hosting this policy briefing with The Gerontological Society of America on such an important issue,” said Beth Bronder, senior vice president and publisher of CQ Roll Call. “We look forward to an intelligent and robust debate on the burden obesity places on our health care system.”

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About The Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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